Get Your Park ON! 2020

Get Your Park ON! 2020

Wow! Get Your Park ON! Celebrating Earth Science Week just completed, and wow. This is the third year for the event that is run in conjunction with Earth Science Week, a fabulous national and international program sponsored by the American Geosciences Institute advancing educational programs focusing in K-12 schools teaching our youth about responsible stewardship of the Earth.

Lots of KFF activity that was aided by some good propagation to make for quite an event. And there were many, many European hunters too with the top European hunters logging over 100 KFF references during the event. Ironically, the top European hunter logged more KFF references than the top U.S. hunter. I don’t think that is so much a damnation of the U.S. hunters, but a testimony to the good propagation and the international interest that is developing for Get Your Park ON! So, here are some statistics:

  • KFF References activated: 214 
  • KFF Activators: 58
  • KFF Activators QSOs: 13,000
  • European Hunters: 103
  • NA Hunters: 284

The addition of the Special Event Stations (SES) added a nice flair to this year’s event. Hats off to the eleven SESs activators who did an outstanding job in terms of both references activated and the quantity of QSOs. Several Europeans managed to work all eleven of the SESs, quite a feat. Of the group, N9G (N9JF) and N3G (KB3WAV) activated the most references with 16 activated. N5G (N9MM) had the most QSOs logged with 1,628. K6G (W6LEN) deserved recognition for working the European openings from the west coast with approximately 40% of his 582 QSOs being Europe. Top SES goes to N9G who had 14 of 16 qualifying activations and 1,214 QSO. Here are the total SES statistics:

  • KFF References activated: 95
  • SESs Activator QSOs: 6,736

With so much activity, many qualify for the GYPO 2020 participation certificate which requires only working 25 WWFF (not just KFF) references. Also, an endorsement is available for those Europeans working five 1×1 SES stations, or 10 for NA stations. If you’d like one, email n9mm@arrl.net with the total number of WWFF references (and SESs) worked during October 10-18, 2020.

Even before the smoke clears on GYPO 2020, we are thinking about next year when propagation will be even better with the new sunspot cycle. For sure the Special Event Stations will be returning. A couple have already reserved their 1×1 call signs. And it will be great if more European activators join Dave G1OCN, and GYPO becomes a more international event. Remember ALL WWFF Activators and Hunters are invited to participate.

Thanks everyone for making GYPO 2020 so much fun! Until 2021…

Log Accuracy

One of the frequently asked questions is “Why can’t activators upload their own logs?”.  And the answer we give is “Because, even with the checking process of the National Coordinator (or National Log Manager), too many errors still get through.”

Mistakes happen… it is easy enough to transcribe a paper log and get transpose letters in callsigns, or get a P2P reference wrong (either by mis-hearing or mistyping).

But the following (quite common) mistakes should never make it as far as Logsearch… firstly, the Activator should check their own log, but equally the NC/NLM should spot them (or, at least the first four):

  • Incorrect STATION_CALLSIGN
  • Incorrect OPERATOR
  • Incorrect DATE
  • Incorrect REFERENCE
  • Incorrect BAND
  • Incorrect MODE

So a gentle request to all activators: please check the log before submitting it. And to National Log Managers: please do some basic checks (Date, Station Call, Operator, Reference) before uploading.

Thank you!

Activity Stats – Sept 2020

For interest, the following activity (grouped by Programme) took place during August 2020, and have been uploaded to Logsearch. To add a little competitiveness, it is sorted by Average Number of QSOs per Activation (with a qualifying reference count of two references).
Having said and done that, a special shout out to KFF, whose KFF Marathon has certainly got the activators out, whilst VKFF maintains a good presence “down under”!
Also, a “Mention In Despatches” for UP44WFF’s activity in UNFF-0082.

Activity Report – September 2020
Prog Refs Total
QSOs
Average
QSOs
Logs Ops
IFF 32 10,733 325.24 33 14
EAFF 25 5,506 189.86 29 15
LYFF 2 327 163.50 2 2
YLFF 7 997 142.43 7 2
FFF 34 4,372 128.59 35 7
SPFF 76 10,678 117.34 102 23
YUFF 3 343 114.33 3 2
YOFF 4 450 112.50 4 3
OZFF 21 2,555 106.46 25 10
9AFF 16 1,918 100.95 20 15
HBFF 6 587 97.83 6 3
OEFF 9 975 97.50 10 6
OHFF 29 2,747 91.57 30 11
SVFF 5 543 90.50 6 3
ONFF 28 2,840 88.75 33 13
RFF 12 1,408 88.00 16 6
CTFF 2 173 86.50 2 2
LZFF 22 1,935 84.13 30 7
PAFF 18 1,504 83.56 18 7
DLFF 65 6,238 77.98 85 46
KFF 229 15,321 64.37 347 68
GxFF 39 2,444 62.67 57 *
OKFF 56 3,546 58.13 61 21
VEFF 23 2,049 53.92 42 5
OMFF 12 625 52.08 12 2
JAFF 20 1,035 51.75 20 4
LAFF 4 207 51.75 4 1
SMFF 76 3,654 45.11 85 8
ESFF 3 115 38.33 3 2
VKFF 49 1,177 23.54 51 16
UNFF 1 1,422 1,422.00 1 1
PYFF 1 1,250 312.50 4 4
LXFF 1 201 201.00 1 1
HAFF 1 168 168.00 1 1
4XFF 1 45 45.00 1 1
URFF 1 43 43.00 1 1
4OFF 1 37 37.00 1 1
LUFF 1 13 13.00 1 1
E7FF 1 8 8.00 1 1
Total 936 90,189 87.48 1,190 343

Get Your Parks On 2020.

The third annual operating event, Get your Park On!, will occur October 10-18, 2020 in celebration of Earth Science Week. The event is open to all WWFF Activators and Hunters and is sponsored by the U.S. (KFF) affiliate of World Wide Flora and Fauna (WWFF).

This year again will be an International event inviting all Activators through the world to participate. Hunters everywhere are invited to search out and contact Activators everywhere, making this truly a worldwide, DX event.

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Database Tidy-Up – Broken Callsigns

I’m trying to tidy up the QSO database, and trapping broken callsigns. I’ve fixed many, with obvious errors – eg 0/1 instead of O/I but some are not so obvious…
If you wish to claim any of the following QSOs, please post to the Forum with details…

Broken Callsigns – 2020-09-18
QSO ID Date Station Reference Band/Mode Hunter
5252144 2011-05-21 T2XG T2FF-0001 17m / CW 1LA??
2232684 2012-06-09 EO5UFF URFF-0070 20m / SSB 1DR
2234301 2012-06-09 EO5UFF URFF-0070 20m / SSB 1DR
2333561 2012-06-09 EO5UFF URFF-0070 20m / SSB 1DR
2210311 2013-04-16 OZ/PA7PA OZFF-0001 40m / SSB 1JL
12464252 2019-02-26 EA3HSD EAFF-0120 40m / SSB 12YY
8234450 2016-05-20 3B9FR 3BFF-0004 20m / CW 15WRC
2767425 2013-06-15 F5IRC/P FFF-0554 20m / SSB 1A9MB
4737443 2010-09-18 OK8FK/P OKFF-0014 40m / CW 1AA
7284393 2016-04-22 SP8BBK SPFF-0904 40m / CW 1AOF
6762673 1994-12-21 OE3SGU OEFF-0072 40m / CW 1C0ZZ
6762678 1994-12-26 OE3SGU OEFF-0072 20m / CW 1C0ZZ
7515732 2016-05-31 EA3TO/P EAFF-0865 20m / SSB 1CBN
12844207 2019-06-08 HG0WFF HAFF-0022 20m / SSB 1DLB/M
10735287 2017-09-15 A25SP A2FF-0002 20m / CW 1IK5DNFD
10728664 2018-01-09 ON4LO EAFF-1070 20m / SSB 1IOW
13300325 2019-10-09 ON/PD0RWL/P ONFF-0743 40m / SSB 1IPOR
4962495 2012-02-24 FM/F6AUS FFF-0039 17m / PSK 1IRU
760133 2011-05-21 SP5ES SPFF-0091 20m / SSB 1QXW
1689686 1990-05-09 DL1FU DLFF-0079 15m / CW 1S0XV
5856210 1990-05-11 JX7DFA LAFF-0047 20m / SSB 1S1RR
1487277 2004-08-11 LY3BG LYFF-0033 20m / CW 1V6VV
4464585 2004-08-11 LY3BG LYFF-0033 20m / CW 1V6VV
8383474 2016-09-24 YU1AFV/P YUFF-0046 40m / SSB 1WIDX
769012 2011-05-09 SP5ES SPFF-0255 40m / CW 1WUUW
2945364 1999-04-29 DL3SEZ/P DLFF-0121 15m / SSB 1X1AU
2945020 1998-02-28 DL3SEZ/P DLFF-0121 15m / SSB 1X4AN
2481884 1997-11-25 DL4CF DLFF-0104 10m / CW 1X5AA
2819065 1998-01-09 SP9RPW SPFF-0036 40m / SSB 1X5AA
2819706 1998-05-21 SP9RPW SPFF-0036 20m / SSB 1X5AA
9776980 2017-07-06 ON4RO/P ONFF-0115 40m / SSB 1YBN
9924733 2017-07-28 PA2GB/P PAFF-0097 40m / SSB 1ZVHG
Claimed and Fixed
11914941 2018-09-10 RI0B RFF-0015 20m / SSB R4AZ
12635253 2019-04-19 UA3LDU/P RFF-0487 20m / CW RM6J

Activity Stats – Aug 2020

For interest, the following activity (grouped by Programme) took place during August 2020, and have been uploaded to Logsearch. To add a little competitiveness, it is sorted by Average Number of QSOs per Activation.
Having said and done that, a special shout out to KFF, whose KFF Marathon has certainly got the activators out!

Activity Report – August 2020
Prog Refs Total
QSOs
Average
QSOs
Logs Ops
FFF 45 11,364 247.04 48 13
IFF 57 12,367 209.61 59 17
YLFF 5 847 169.40 5 4
EAFF 21 4,083 194.43 24 9
RFF 8 2,152 179.33 12 6
LXFF 4 591 147.75 4 1
ONFF 27 4,045 149.81 29 11
OZFF 23 3,857 142.85 29 10
LZFF 4 604 151.00 11 3
SPFF 98 13,822 131.64 114 36
YUFF 13 1,845 141.92 15 2
UNFF 1 120 120.00 1 1
ZAFF 1 103 103.00 1 1
DLFF 79 9,184 105.56 92 36
LYFF 11 1,256 96.62 14 6
OEFF 14 1,825 96.05 19 9
HBFF 3 295 98.33 3 3
CTFF 1 83 83.00 1 1
YOFF 7 547 78.14 9 4
OKFF 67 5,636 81.68 88 20
Z3FF 6 636 79.50 16 2
GFF 34 2,697 74.92 50 13
GIFF 1 66 66.00 1 1
PAFF 19 1,243 62.15 21 10
KFF 252 17,616 65.98 363 69
JAFF 10 599 59.90 13 5
SVFF 6 334 55.67 7 1
OMFF 20 1,176 56.00 21 7
OHFF 24 1,654 63.62 27 9
VEFF 35 3,188 56.93 64 6
HAFF 4 166 41.50 4 2
9AFF 1 38 38.00 1 1
SMFF 88 3,711 38.26 104 11
VKFF 84 3,045 34.21 95 30
E7FF 1 22 22.00 1 1
LAFF 2 23 11.50 2 2
  1,076 110,840 94.82 1,368 346
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